Edward "Diddie" Breau

August 20, 1923February 3, 2014
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Rumford – Edward A. “Diddie” Breau, age 90, of Maple St. in Rumford, passed away on Monday February 3, 2014 at Rumford Hospital following a brief illness surrounded by loving family and close friends. He was born in Rumford on August 20, 1923 a son of James and Helen (Cormier) Breau. Diddie attended Mexico Schools. He served in the US Navy during WWII aboard the USS Bullard as a Torpedomans Mate 3rd Class from 1943 to 1946 in the Pacific Theater. Diddie went to work at the Oxford Paper Mill after the war, retiring in 1985. He was a communicant of St. John’s and was a member of the American Legion, the VFW, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and the 4 Ponds Camp Owners Association. Diddie was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed skiing, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and he particularly enjoyed his camp at 4 ponds where he hunted and fished with his camp buddies Ronald Sirois and Phil Theriault. He also enjoyed tying his own flies. Diddie and his wife also looked forward to their many trips to the casinos in Bangor and Oxford, and playing cribbage. Surviving are his wife of 66 years Barbara A. Breau of Rumford; three children, David P. Breau and wife Linda of Augusta, Debra Maturi and husband Chris of Tallassee, AL, and Sue Brunner and husband Eric of Marcy, NY; a sister Lily Gotto of Mexico; a brother Raymond Breau and wife Priscilla of Rumford; seven grandchildren, Daniel and wife Annette, Jennifer, Heather and husband Keith, Kristen, Shawn, Erika and Ashley; and several great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, and four brothers, James, Rene, Omar and Lionel Breau. If so desired contributions in Diddie's memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675


  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, February 15, 2014

Edward "Diddie" Breau

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Tom Bulger

February 22, 2014

I never heard the words, "Diddie Breau," spoken without respect and affection. He was one of those people in life who treated you better than you had coming to you. Well beyond family and friends, he would have been an important part of many, many lives. We could never make it look as easy and natural, but I hope we pay it forward as best we can. Holding all in my heart and prayer.

Diane Mitchell

February 14, 2014

Dear Barb, Susan, Debbie And David,

Brian and I will always remember Diddie.. He was a great Friend . Always smiling. And forever beating the pants off us at cribbage!
Take care.. Diane and Brian

Dale Gaudin

February 13, 2014

Dear Barbra,Dave,Deb and Sue I mourn for you and to all that Diddie's lives had touched. I have the utmost respect for him and his gentle and kind nature..He would often come down when he saw smoke coming out the stack at the garage to visit me and his buddy Acadia, coming in with a grin and asking " what are we building now ,or...have I got a job for you".... I know I will still catch myself peeking out the garage door window, waiting for him to come down to make our day. Love Dale

Karen Eastman

February 9, 2014

Barbara I am so sorry to hear of Diddies passing. Diddie had such a sweet smile and kind heart I will miss him. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Karen Eastman,( Peru Me )

Bob Bulger

February 7, 2014

Dear Barbara and Kids, even as a mere friend-of-the-old-days it hurts like hell to lose such a man of strength, kindness and good-humor. I'm sure that thousands of people are praying for your consolation. Certainly, God is holding you and the rest of us mourners in His hands. Had anyone sung "Poor Ol' Colaija" on the other side of the Pearly Gates before?

michael sirois

February 6, 2014

Dear Barbara, Deb, Sue and David
I am so sorry for your loss of this really great guy! The world would be such a better place if there were more folks like him in it. He was such an integral part of our extended Rumford family and was greatly treasured by my parents and the rest of my family. I hope he and my dad and phil are planning a spiritual venture to Four Ponds. What a wonderful man he was!

February 6, 2014

So sorry to hear of Diddy's passing. Please know we share in the family sadness. He was a great friend of Jim's. They shared many good times at Fore Ponds. He will be missed. RIP.

Linda and Jim Mattison

Loie Costa

February 6, 2014

Barb, So very sorry to hear that Diddie has gone to his glory. I was in Australia till the 29th, did a lot of singing with my nephews, Tom's boys, and a lot of reminiscing. I talked about you, how you loved Mama and us all, how Diddie sang. When I thought about songs to sing I kept thinking of "And we'll shout hallelujah all the way." I can't tell you how often I'd think of it. I hope now it was a prayer. I hope now that Diddie sang hallelujah all the way. Love you. Loie

Laurie and Dan Reed

February 6, 2014

Sue, Barbara and family
I am so sorry to hear of Diddies passing. He was a wonderful person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find comfort in your memories